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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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Steer Into the Storm w/Bleeding Rainbow at JB’s Feb. 14

Steer Into the Storm w/Bleeding Rainbow at JB’s Feb. 14

When a musical duo doubles in size, listeners would naturally expect a bigger, more intricate sound. That’s exactly what bandmates/spouses Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia decided to do. The additions of Al Creedon and Greg Frantz for their third album, the recently released Yeah Right, have certainly rounded this duo turned quartet into form, and if Yeah Right is an indication of the decided path for their sonic evolution, then Bleeding Rainbow will be an intriguing group to follow. Right now, the group pushes Frantz’s heavy thumping percussion, and throws it in a pot with dueling distorted buzz-saw guitars building a thick, murky haze that isn’t just a musical atmosphere but also an attitude. Everton’s vocals often met with harmonies shine through like a guiding light among the fog; however, this is one storm you may want to steer into. The versatile Barrett Lindgren-fronted Ghost Light opens the evening adding a textured form of folk rock. Noise-pop outfit Pet Milk fall second in line with new lead singer Sarah Schimeneck. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita 

Update: Here's a new music video for "Waking Dream," which was directed by Sarah Everton. Bleading Rainbow will be heading on tour in April/May with Cave Singers.


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